Mile 120 Report

January 21, 2017
by JohnnyCN

Sunset Bay, Qochyax Island
Saturday 6:00 PM
Storm from the SW
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
A group of 20-25 North Bend (I think it was) high school girls dressed in cheerleader or pep club outfits were in a clump waiting for perhaps a photographer and trying to stay dry and beautiful in the wind, rain and blowing sand. Two adults walked along the edge of the parking lot. The parking lot was officially closed and had been swept over by waves which had left driftwood and other debris. The parking lot by the restrooms was entirely flooded, and the northern most area of the paved area for driving had clumps of kelp deposited on it by earlier waves. Several adults and, I think, a photographer were in the parking lot by the southern most restrooms.
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
All 20 high school girls looked stranded and bedraggled and disgruntled, but hyper happy.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Wood pieces
Some driftwood and logs.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Evidence of wave overtopping
I was only able to do a cursory walk, but I would imagine all of the natural changes above were evident if one were in the right place (which looked too close to the waves for me) to see it. I need to go back and walk this area more thoroughly.

This mile deserves better coverage than I was able to give it after having already done Bastendort beach.  I hope to get out there again soon.


This area appeared to me to have been somewhat laid to waste by high waves along with rain which flooded the parking lots and, of course, the beach.  There were driftwood, rocks, high water and debris in the parking lots along with twenty or so hyper high school girls who, though unhappy with the rain, seemed to be having a good time.

Other Mile 120 Reports (19)


September 4, 2022 - [email protected]
Very busy "day at the beach"--not surprising for Sunday of Labor Day Weekend; what did surprise me was the relatively low number of out-of-state license plates.
June 17, 2022 - [email protected]


January 11, 2020 - alaingamerica
Sunset Bay was overwhelmed by visitors presumably drawn by the "High Surf" warnings on their weather apps or, I suspect, by awareness of the "King Tide" phenomenon. Sunset Bay State Park day use area...
  • day use parking area damage
  • Broken sidewalk
  • Surfers drawn to King Tide?
  • Flooded Parking area
  • Surfing with the driftwood
  • Money Shot
  • Creek Feeding Sunset Bay


October 6, 2018 - ronnijenni22
A lot of people have a good time on the beach...
August 4, 2018 - ronnijenni22
May 20, 2018 - ronnijenni22
A nice day at the beach. Lots of activity.


January 11, 2017 - [email protected]
There's a lot of erosion at Sunset Bay beach.  The waves are crashing against the riprap in front of the parking lot at the beach, and where unprotected, the asphalt parking lot is being undermined....


December 13, 2016 - [email protected]
King Tide observation at Sunset Beach.Seawater upto rock breakwater at beach.  Water has not reached the cement walk in front of the bathrooms.Tidewater covering lower portion of the beach boat ramp.


June 17, 2012 - LouiseW
This is the beach report for SCUUF. Five of us walked the mile. A high use beach with 121 people and nine dogs (80 walking, 5 playing in surf, 4 playing in sand, 4 sitting, 5 tidepooling, 2 surfing...
March 11, 2012 - LouiseW
This report is being filed for South Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SCUUF), who have adopted this mile. Two of us walked the mile. It was a windy day with threatening rain. We picked up...


November 20, 2011 - LouiseW
Four of us from the UU Congregation did the walk today. Animal casings, kelp/algae, plastic pellets and very little trash in the driftline. Four Western Grebe and gulls. Thirty people walking (26),...
June 21, 2011 - SCUUFmile
Heavily used beach and picnic area with 300 people, walking, playing in the surf and sand, sitting, photographing, rockhunting, tidepooling, surfing, kayaking fishing and paddleboarding but no one on...
May 22, 2011 - SCUUFmile
Typical nice day in May for one of the most special places on Oregon coast (Sunset Bay). Pileated Woodpecker, Wren Tits, Winter Wren, Song Sparrow were seen on the mile. About 65 people walking on...
February 13, 2011 - wowunupo
A very light driftline. Twenty people on the beach walking and taking photographs. Four dogs. No notable wildlife.


December 5, 2010 - wowunupo
This is the first official mile report from the South Coast Unitarian-Universalists since we gave up mile 128 and switched to mile 120. On mile 128, we were able to walk the entire one mile on the...


January 13, 2008 - yogabigail
A beautiful sunny day where everyone was safely enjoying the coast! Kelp,shells, small rocks, wood pieces and land-based debris in driftline. Shorebirds moving in response to dogs. Geese in the air...


September 17, 2007 - yogabigail
People out enjoying the beach with their pets and kids. A beautiful day and everyone had a happy grin breathing this fresh air and soaking up the sunshine. The walkway along the road is much more...
June 28, 2007 - yogabigail
Looked good and people were really having a great time playing frisbee, jogging and swiming. Everyone looked respectful of our beautiful shoreline. We all had smiles on our faces, and the 2 dogs we...
January 21, 2007 - yogabigail
Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, eel grass and small rocks in driftline. Canadian Geese swimming in Sunset Bay, Western Gulls on shore. Landslide on side of bay. Tidal surge deposited stones on...
  • Cape Arago Lighthouse as viewed from the south.
  • These climbers were violating Park rules by climbing on the cliff face and using a hammer to make holds.
  • This picture shows a new landslide on the south side of Sunset Bay.  Also shown is a kayaker on the bay.